Attraction Of Colombia

Cartagena

The walled Old Town of this fortified Spanish colonial port is a gem. It’s packed with churches, monasteries, plazas, palaces and noble mansions with overhanging balconies and shady patios. Simply wandering through the narrow cobbled streets reveals endless wonders, but some of the highlights are the Palacio de la Inquisición, the gold-filled Museo del Oro and Muelle de los Pegasos, the lovely old port of Cartagena on the Bahía de las Ánimas.

Outside the Old Town sit the Spanish fortresses that once defended Cartagena from pirates, including Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, the largest in the Americas.

Bogotá

Keep your eyes peeled as there are heaps of sights in Bogotá. Museo del Oro has many relics of pre-Columbian history and is perhaps the most important museum of its kind in the world; Museo Nacional boasts a wealth of exhibits ranging from pre-Columbian to contemporary art; and Museo de Santa Clara has a stunning fresco-lined interior. The richly decorated Iglesia de San Ignacio is located in the colonial barrio La Candelaria, the oldest quarter in the city. For a peaceful retreat, try the Jardín Botánico José Celestino Mutis, a lovely botanical garden with a variety of national flora. Bogotá also has a buzzing arts and entertainment scene, plus venues for watching soccer and bullfighting.